#Deadpool and preparing for camp #nanowrimo

So camp nanowrimo starts next week and I have been reading about first, second and third person via grammar girl.

It got me thinking about films and how clever some of them are. Take Deadpool for example.

Written as most fictional films are, on the third person, it allows the viewer to suspend disbelief and enter into the world being portrayed.

And then Deadpool goes screaming into the second person as the writers cause him to speak directly to us, the viewer.

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It’s so utterly clever because having suspended our disbelief we are then invited nut just to witness the story but participate.

Audience hook, line and sinker I think 😊

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100 Themes Challenge Writing Prompts

Life is very busy at the moment, certainly as far as head space goes anyway, so sadly I wont be attempting nanowrimo this year.

But I still want to write.

So I am setting myself a little challenge of my own, to write creatively each day through November. This list of prompts seems like a good place to prepare…

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A list of prompts has been floating around on the internet – I was told it originated on DeviantART – and after having successfully used the prompts, I share them with you.  You pick a list (I have two right here) and write something for each theme.  Poems, drabbles, short stories, journal entries, anything. A group of us from Holy Worlds are using the list to outline an entire novel to be written for NaNoWriMo. I just finished my outline today. 😀 You would be shocked to find how easy it is to create an entire, round, detailed plot just by using each theme to create a scene.

The Original List
1. Introduction
2. Complicated
3. Making History
4. Rivalry
5. Unbreakable
6. Obsession
7. Eternity
8. Gateway
9. Death
10. Opportunities
11. 33%
12. Dead Wrong
13. Running Away
14. Judgment
15. Seeking Solace
16. Excuses
17. Vengeance
18…

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#nanowrimo or not

You know you are sunk when you get to 28,000 words and realise you just don’t want to be writing the story you are. So although practically I could finish nanowrimo this year, I won’t.

Life is too short to be writing stuff you are not interested in. However I will keep on writing.

I have been reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird  and she talks about writing because you want to write, not because you want to get published. That, is a very liberating thing, because it means you can write what you feel drawn to, not what you feel you “should” be.

And nobody likes shoulds.

So today I will write… Something. And when it isn’t an awful first draft, I shall post it ❤

#nanowrimo here we go again

Even though I have no time, even though I’m not at all prepared:

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Even though life is pressing, or perhaps because it is, I am attempting nanowrimo again this year.
It means I probably won’t write much here until it’s all over, but creating is very important to me.
I think there is nothing like making room for imagination, it builds a deeper stronger person and balances out the rest of life.

Nanowrimo and other news

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I did it. I finally finished my fifty thousand words for National Novel Writing Month, or Nanowrimo. There were many times I thought I wouldn’t make it, I didn’t write for five days straight, there were days I only wrote five hundred words… and a day where I wrote seven thousand.

I now have a first draft of a novel, which as we should be moving house before the end of the year, will be put away until the Christmas holidays. But I will get it out again. Then the process of revising and editing will begin and eventually it will be ready either to be picked up by a publisher or if not, I will self publish.

Either way I am determined it will see the light of day.

I have something else to tell you. As a youth worker, I see lots of young people struggle at school. There is one thing I tell themwhich seems to encourage them, because I don’t think they expect to hear it from an adult.

I am dyslexic.

I think people think it wears off… but it doesn’t. And young people are encouraged to find they are not the only one. Even adults have it. I mean, you should read my unedited draft. At least I have typed it. If I had hand written it, once I got writing at speed… even I wouldn’t have been able to read it.

So if a dyslexic youth worker can write, anyone can.

In other news, over advent, I will be posting each day some thoughts about Christmas, a Christmas craft and a photo, so if you like thinking, doing or just looking… it will be for you 😀